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by Brian Holmes
Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Roger Don Finnerty MGB 72 ML 147 ML 282 MTB 71 MTB 356 etc
Replies: 10
Views: 9864

Re: Roger Don Finnerty MGB 72 ML 147 ML 282 MTB 71 MTB 356 e

ML_147 Brooke Marine Ltd, Oulton Broad, Nr Lowestoft 12/40 New Year Honours 1945 DSC TALtCdr Dudley William Samuel Arnaud RNVR Known Crew TALtCdr Dudley William Samuel Arnaud RNVR (Commanding Officer & SO 20th ML Flotilla) Also awarded a MID for gallantry and devotion to duty during the landings in ...
by Brian Holmes
Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:14 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Roger Don Finnerty MGB 72 ML 147 ML 282 MTB 71 MTB 356 etc
Replies: 10
Views: 9864

Re: Roger Don Finnerty MGB 72 ML 147 ML 282 MTB 71 MTB 356 e

MGB_72 Higgins, New Orleans, Louisianna, USA Known Crew TLt R M Hall RNVR 15/3/41 TSLt J H E Colby RCNVR 15/3/41 War Activities Building for Finland 6/40 Purchased by RN 11/40 Arrived in UK as MASB 72 1/41 Redesignated 7/41 1st MGB Flotilla MGB 69, MGB 70, MGB 71, MGB 72, MGB 73 and MGB 100 7/41 On ...
by Brian Holmes
Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:14 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Boat type query
Replies: 5
Views: 5279

Re: Boat type query

MTB_722 Thomson & Balfour, Victoria Saw Mills, Bo’ness 3/44 Known Crew Lt Bogeberg RNorN (Commanding Officer) Wartime Activities 1944 Royal Norwegian Navy 54th MTB Flotilla MTB 618, MTB 619, MTB 623, MTB 625, MTB 626, MTB 627, MTB 653, MTB 688, MTB 709, MTB 712, MTB 715, MTB 722, MTB 711, MTB 713, M...
by Brian Holmes
Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:02 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM
Replies: 11
Views: 9507

Re: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM

ML_116 A M Dickie & Sons, Bangor, North Wales & Tarbert Scotland 14/9/40 Birthday Honours 1941 MID TLt Henry Mclean Duff-Still RNVR Birthday Honours 1942 DSM LSto Bernard Verdun Trueman D/KX88469 Birthday Honours 1943 MID TLt Owen Selbourne Broome RNVR For Operation Neptune - passage of troops and s...
by Brian Holmes
Fri May 17, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 219
Replies: 9
Views: 14385

Re: MTB 219

MTB_219 Vosper, Portsmouth and Porchester 3/7/41 For an action in the Dover Straits 27/11/41 DSC TSLt Paul Alured Berthon RNVR MID ASLt William Hay RNR MID ALTel Kenneth Pitchforth P/JX157812 MID Ord Ivan Watson C/JX238268 For daylight attack on Scharnhort, Gneisgnau and Prinz Eugen, Dover Straits 1...
by Brian Holmes
Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:05 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: SGB 6 Grey Shark
Replies: 14
Views: 12932

Re: SGB 6 Grey Shark

SGB_6 HMS Grey Shark Hawthorn Leslie (Hebburn) 30/4/42 For an action off Le Havre on 15th April 1943 DSC TLt Peter Markham Scott RNVR DSM AB Norman Clegg D/JX237892 For an action in enemy waters in the Channel on 26th July 1943 MID TLt Howard Owen Turner Bradford RNVR MID PO Herbert Joseph Kitchener...
by Brian Holmes
Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:12 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 269
Replies: 25
Views: 18915

Re: ML 269

ML_269 William Weatherhead, Cockenzie 28/7/41 For operations off the Arakan coast 10/44 - 4/45 MID LSea William Morgan John C/JX168168 Known Crew TSLt Harold Willey Rowland RNVR HMS Liberia (minesweeping trawler) ML 269 First Lieutenant ML 233 29/5/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1378 13/9/43 – 4/6/45 TL...
by Brian Holmes
Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 490
Replies: 10
Views: 11006

Re: MTB 490

MTB_490 British Power Boat Co, Hythe Hampshire 25/9/44 Known Crew TLt Herbert Gaskell BROWN RNVR First Lieutenant 1/42 – 2/43 then appointed to MTB 490 in command 25/1/44 Born 5/1/16 and died in Mid Warwickshire 8/98 TSLt Graham Alexander Wilson RNVR First Lieutenant MGB 604 1/2/44, Third Officer MT...
by Brian Holmes
Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:19 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Stoker Fred Bruty MTB 381
Replies: 4
Views: 4000

Re: Stoker Fred Bruty MTB 381

MTB_790 Boat Construction Co Ltd, Barracks Ope, Falmouth 7/45 Known Crew TLt William George Dalziel RNVR Navigator MTB 630 4/43 - Wounded in action 30/4/43 TLt 14/2/43 HMS Midge (Coastal Forces base, Great Yarmouth) 4/43 First Lieutenant MTB 632 1/10/43 First Lieutenant MTB 771 7/44 First Lieutenant...
by Brian Holmes
Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 326 and MTB 761
Replies: 16
Views: 19709

Re: MGB 326 and MTB 761

Having looked at the service record, I offer the following: HMS Collingwood conducted basic new entry training for ratings HMS Victory was used as a manning depot holding men prior to deployment HMS St Christopher, at Fort William, provided training courses for coastal forces personnel HMS Midge sup...
by Brian Holmes
Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 488
Replies: 2
Views: 2687

Re: MTB 488

MTB_488 British Power Boat Co, Hythe Hampshire 6/944

Wartime Activities
1st MTB Flotilla
28/2-1/3/45 HMS Riou directs MTB 488 and MTB 489 to attack E Boats

Post War Fate
MTB 1588
1948 Remote Controlled Target Boat (RCB)
10/48 Sold
by Brian Holmes
Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 326 and MTB 761
Replies: 16
Views: 19709

Re: MGB 326 and MTB 761

In response to Rocko.
I was using available sources. In this case Seedie's List of Coastal Forces decorations which refers directly to London Gazetter entries

His service record is the formal record which I did not have

Any chance of posting a copy?
by Brian Holmes
Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Michael Flanders and ML 236
Replies: 1
Views: 4139

Re: Michael Flanders and ML 236

ML_236 J W & A Upham, Brixham 9/6/41 For Operation Fireball - minesweeping in Belgian waters 1945 MID AB Henry Charles Lancaster C/JX206706 Wind up of the war in Europe (Gazette Date - 11/12/45) DSC TLt Robert Basil Fordham RNVR MID AB Henry Charles Lancaster C/JX206706 Known Crew TLt Robert Basil F...
by Brian Holmes
Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:53 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 747 AB Albert Pearson
Replies: 9
Views: 10159

Re: MTB 747 AB Albert Pearson

MTB_747 Sussex Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Shoreham-by-Sea 6/44

Wartime Activities
8/44 66th MTB Flotilla
MTB 731, MTB 733, MTB 737, MTB 747, MTB 750, MTB 752, MTB 757, MTB 760
Based at Portland, Plymouth and Ramsgate

Post War Fate
3/46 Sea Cadet Corps
19/2/58 Sold
by Brian Holmes
Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: MGB 646 Robert Alan Forbes
Replies: 6
Views: 6881

Re: MGB 646 Robert Alan Forbes

MGB_646 Risdon Beazley Ltd, Northam Bridge, Southampton 19/11/42 For assistance rendered to the Greek destroyer Adrias, mined in the Aegean 22/10/43 Greek War Cross 3rd Class Lt Bernard Louis Knight-Lachlan RNVR For destruction of an enemy tanker in Piraeus 8/10/44 MID TSLt Michael Gordon Roberts RN...
by Brian Holmes
Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:17 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: AB Leslie Bell MID ML 296
Replies: 2
Views: 4350

Re: AB Leslie Bell MID ML 296

I dont have a lot here but the MID was awarded for service in ML 523. Wind up of the war in Europe was a round up for actions in the later part of the war and covered lots of different actions. ML_296 Dorset Yacht Co, Hamworthy 8/10/41 For fire fighting following an explosion on board off the West A...
by Brian Holmes
Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Help with identification of uniform
Replies: 2
Views: 4651

Re: Help with identification of uniform

That looks like an American uniform to me. ML 194 was tasked with guiding American landing craft to Omaha Beach and he was leader of the Flotilla. see below: ML_194 Johnson & Jago, Leigh on Sea, Essex 29/1/41 For Operation Jubilee - Raid on Dieppe 19/8/42 DSC ALtCdr William Whitfield RNR New Year Ho...
by Brian Holmes
Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:07 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Stoker Fred Bruty MTB 381
Replies: 4
Views: 4000

Re: Stoker Fred Bruty MTB 381

Let's start with this MTB_381 Vosper, Portsmouth and Porchester 5/6/44 Wind up of the war in Europe (Gazette Date - 11/12/45) MID POMtrMch Edward Mark Brayshay P/MX501842 Known Crew TLt D A Neale RNVR Commanding Officer MTB 381 2/5/44 TSLt T H Stewart RNVR First Lieutenant MTB 381 2/5/44 POMtrMch Ed...
by Brian Holmes
Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 684 and 58th Flotilla
Replies: 5
Views: 5147

Re: MTB 684 and 58th Flotilla

MTB_684 Woodnut & Co Ltd, St Helens, Isle of Wight 28/4/43 For an action off the Dutch coast 9/6/44 DSC TLt David Caldwell Storrie RNVR MID TLt Joseph Anthony Reeves RNVR DSM ACMtrMch Leonard John Terry P/MX99262 MID PO Frederick Jones D/SSx15843 MID LSea George Alfred Kerby D/SSX17953 DSM AB James ...
by Brian Holmes
Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:43 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Medusa
Replies: 4
Views: 4591

Re: Medusa

A little something on the light side.

Last week we had a day working with a film crew doing some cold war movie and I attach a few shots.

Before anyone asks, we had special permission to fly the white ensign for the filming but it does look good.
by Brian Holmes
Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:05 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Geoffry Wallace Kitching
Replies: 10
Views: 11477

Re: Geoffry Wallace Kitching

MGB 505 Camper & Nicholson Gosport 5/43 For Operation Bridford - blockade running voyages from Sweden to the UK 10/43 - 3/44 OBE(Civ) Capt Herbert William Jackson MN MBE(Civ ChOff Philip Roland Legg MN DSC ChOff Edward Bourne Ruffman MN MBE(Civ) SndEng James Alexander Winton MN BEM(Civ) Bsn Peter Mi...
by Brian Holmes
Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:02 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Geoffry Wallace Kitching
Replies: 10
Views: 11477

Re: Geoffry Wallace Kitching

Hopewell Camper & Nicholson Gosport 1/43 For Operation Bridford - blockade running voyages from Sweden to the UK 10/43 - 3/44 OBE(Civ) Capt David Alexander Stokes MN DSC ChOff The Earl Fitzwilliam MN MBE(Civ) ChOff Bernard Walter Waldie MN OBE(Civ) ChEng William Graham Love MN BEM(Civ) Bsn Ernest Ri...
by Brian Holmes
Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Geoffry Wallace Kitching
Replies: 10
Views: 11477

Re: Geoffry Wallace Kitching

Gay Viking Camper & Nicholson Gosport For Operation Bridford - blockade running voyages from Sweden to the UK 10/43 - 3/44 OBE(Civ) Capt Harry Whitfield MN DSC ChOff Sylvanus Brian John Reynolds MN OBE(Civ) ChEngr James Kirkhope Duncan MN MBE(Civ) FstOff John Kristijon Marrow MN MBE(Civ) FstRadOff G...
by Brian Holmes
Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Geoffry Wallace Kitching
Replies: 10
Views: 11477

Re: Geoffry Wallace Kitching

I was born in Hull and so it gives me special pleasure to provie the following responses Gay Corsair Camper & Nicholson Builder Camper & Nicholson, Northam 8/43 Decorations For Operation Bridford - blockade running voyages from Sweden to the UK 10/43 - 3/44 OBE(Civ) Capt Robert Tanton MN Commend ChO...
by Brian Holmes
Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 737 and the 66th Minesweeping Flotilla
Replies: 17
Views: 13427

Re: MTB 737 and the 66th Minesweeping Flotilla

MTB_760 S B Hall, Galmpton, Brixham 6/44 For service in the Mediterranean and off the east coast of England 3 - 12/43 MID TLt William Glen Kennedy RNVR For courage, endurance and skill whilst with Light Coastal Forces in the Mediterranean & in Northern Waters For minesweeping and rescue work in Le H...
by Brian Holmes
Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:25 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 737 and the 66th Minesweeping Flotilla
Replies: 17
Views: 13427

Re: MTB 737 and the 66th Minesweeping Flotilla

MTB_757 P K Harris & Sons, Appledore 29/6/44

Wartime Activities
8/44 66th MTB Flotilla
MTB 731, MTB 733, MTB 737, MTB 747, MTB 750, MTB 752, MTB 757, MTB 760
Based at Portland, Plymouth and Ramsgate

Post War Fate
1/46 Sea Cadet Corps (Worcester)
25/1/52 Sold
by Brian Holmes
Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 737 and the 66th Minesweeping Flotilla
Replies: 17
Views: 13427

Re: MTB 737 and the 66th Minesweeping Flotilla

MTB_752 Dorset Yacht Co Ltd, Hamworthy, Poole 6/44 For minesweeping and rescue work in Le Havre during 1945 (Gazette Date - 13/11/45) MID TLt Robert Lelacheur Atkinson RNVR MID TLt James Yule Ferguson RNVR Known Crew TLt Robert Lelacheur Atkinson RNVR TLt James Yule Ferguson RNVR Wartime Activities ...
by Brian Holmes
Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 737 and the 66th Minesweeping Flotilla
Replies: 17
Views: 13427

Re: MTB 737 and the 66th Minesweeping Flotilla

MTB_750 A M Dickie & Sons, Bangor, Wales 5/44 For a series of actions in the Channel over a period of two years (Gazette Date - 21/11/44) MID AB William John Davies D/JX284866 For twelve actions off the east coast 1/43 - 4/44 MID LTel Gilbert Ronald Stokes P/SSX31359 For minesweeping and rescue work...
by Brian Holmes
Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 737 and the 66th Minesweeping Flotilla
Replies: 17
Views: 13427

Re: MTB 737 and the 66th Minesweeping Flotilla

MTB_747 Sussex Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Shoreham-by-Sea 6/44

Wartime Activities
8/44 66th MTB Flotilla
MTB 731, MTB 733, MTB 737, MTB 747, MTB 750, MTB 752, MTB 757, MTB 760
Based at Portland, Plymouth and Ramsgate

Post War Fate
3/46 Sea Cadet Corps
19/2/58 Sold
by Brian Holmes
Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 737 and the 66th Minesweeping Flotilla
Replies: 17
Views: 13427

Re: MTB 737 and the 66th Minesweeping Flotilla

MTB_733 Lady Bee Ltd, Shoreham-by-Sea 8/6/44 For a series of actions in the Channel over a period of two years (Gazette Date - 21/11/44) DSC TLt John Charles Cain RNVR Known Crew TLt John Charles Cain RNVR Wartime Activities 8/44 66th MTB Flotilla MTB 731, MTB 733, MTB 737, MTB 747, MTB 750, MTB 752...

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